Governor Cuomo: Raising minimum wage is impossible in 2012
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NEW YORK -- Governor Cuomo says it's impossible to raise the minimum wage this year. He blames legislative politics for the impasse, but advocates for the poor say they would like to see him force an administrative change.
The governor says he supports raising minimum wage, but says it would be impossible to get a change to the law passed in the Republican-led Senate. But one advocacy group, the Hunger Action Network, says Cuomo could still force the change by using a provision in the state labor law, although a spokesperson says that provision cannot be used to raise the minimum wage for most workers.
The current minimum wage in New York State is $7.25 an hour. The Democratic-controlled Assembly is trying to get that raised to $8.50.